85% of backlinks gone - no more promotion

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  1. Will Apse profile image90
    Will Apseposted 8 years ago

    I stopped reading the forums a while ago for a number of reasons. One was the sheer volume of nonsense from the current crop of 'SEO experts'. Many seem to be failed bloggers who have brought their failed blogging techniques to Hubpages. This may be a bit harsh but there has to be some explanation for the stuff they come out with.

    The fact is, Google doesn't like manufactured back links and will always be working towards identifying and negating them. Google doesn't like them because it messes up one of the main planks of search engine rating of a site- the approbation of other sites as expressed by genuine links.

    And Google is winning the war against crummy SEO.

    How many trashy sites with nothing to offer the reader do you see on the first page of a Google search these days? There are still a few sites that still seem to be held aloft by nothing but manufactured back links but there are not many and they will soon be gone- Google grinds slow but exceeding fine.

    Also, go take a look at the most successful Hubbers back linking strategies to see if manufactured back links are worth the trouble on this site. Very few people who get big visitor numbers use much more than a few links from their blog, and some social bookmarking- the blogs probably have no impact at all, the social bookmarking probably helps if genuine readers also throw in a good number of diggs (or whatever) too.

    I posted this link a few months ago but it is worth a second post
    http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot. … -spam.html

    Sometimes it is worth reading what Google has to say for itself- rather than reading what the SEO experts think Google is doing (and how Google's efforts to deliver the best content can be subverted).

    1. Pcunix profile image91
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for that link, Will, I hadn't seen it.

      I've started a thread in the Suggestions forum asking for HP and its members to create a SEO/SEM code of ethics.  I would want it to be voluntary of course, but I think many of us would be proud to agree to such a code.

      1. EmpressFelicity profile image72
        EmpressFelicityposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        If you want to create a voluntary code of ethics by all means go ahead.  However, what I would very much want to see is:

        (a) a clear, unambiguous and transparent policy from HP on what sort of backlinking/promotion is permitted to HP members and what sort isn't.  Sorry, but the current policy as laid out by Simone Smith on that video/blog post is far too vague and woolly.

        (b) a degree of consistency on HP's part.  In other words, no more telling us to be good little children, and yet allowing ads all over the site that sell 1,000 backlinks for $9.99.  It does nothing for HP's credibility.

  2. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 8 years ago

    I would not assume they will turn a blind eye.  I once allowed someone to buy backlinks from me.  The site where I hosted the links had a pagerank of zero by the end of the week.

  3. shazwellyn profile image66
    shazwellynposted 8 years ago

    Do you think GG are picking on easy targets, just to make a point?  Just to be 'seen' doing something? 

    You know it did cross my mind whether GG are clearing easy targets to, perhaps, put the power in the hands of giant corporate companies - a way, if you like, creating monopolies for these businesses?  If the sea is cleared, therefore, there lies no obstruction to riches.  Can you imagine the implications?  Big corporate giants with no competition and a guaranteed number 1 slot that could be purchased for obscene amounts of money!

    What a frightening thought eh?

    1. frogdropping profile image83
      frogdroppingposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Who knows? There are always those that do more than game anything - they go to the nth degree.

      I'd stop worrying about it. Or pondering on it. Let the SE's do what they do. We might not know the why's and wherefore's but they surely do.

      Corporate giants always know what they're doing - that's why they're giants smile

  4. ftclick profile image55
    ftclickposted 8 years ago

    I can't read it all but if Hubpages thinks you are illegaly promoting your hub it is removed. The same goes anyone else promoting their or competitors hubs. So, is that smart or what?  A competitor can spam your hard effort Hubpages with 1000s of links and I can lose my hubs.   That's just great.

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